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noun, plural flam·beaux [flam-bohz] /ˈflæm boʊz/, flam·beaus.
  1. a flaming torch.
  2. a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
  3. a large, decorated candlestick.
  4. an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.
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Origin of flambeau

1625–35; < French: torch, derivative of Old French flambe flame
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  • Flambeau was peering into the house with a visage as white as a sheet.

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  • "I know what you're driving at," said Flambeau rather gloomily.

  • "All right," said Flambeau, laughing, and finished his beer.

  • Flambeau, leaning motionless on the parapet, laughed and said: "My dear fellow!"

  • "Or on the seat," said Flambeau, and pointed to the little table.

British Dictionary definitions for flambeau


noun plural -beaux (-bəʊ, -bəʊz) or -beaus
  1. a burning torch, as used in night processions
  2. a large ornamental candlestick
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame
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Word Origin and History for flambeau


also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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